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Australian Open 2018, Day 3: Rafael Nadal vs Leonardo Mayer, Live Match Updates

Nadal def Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4) to enter R3
Updated: 17 January 2018 14:00 IST - Published: 17 January 2018 09:11 IST
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Goodbye!
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Final score: Nadal def Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4) to enter R3
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The top seed is into the third round! That was some challenge from Mayer towards the very end of the match, but Rafa simply raised his level at the crunch moments!


That's what separates a champion player from the rest!
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With an unreturnable serve, the World No. 1 WINS!!!!!
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Finally Rafa has a couple of match points!

6-4
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Now Mayer gets two points on the trot!

4-5
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And a superb wide serve from the top seed!

5-2
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Moya on his feet!
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And Rafa follows it up with an exceptional backhand down the line


4-2
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MINI BREAK


Rafa finds magic through his crosscourt forehand!

3-2
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A forehand miss from Mayer



Rafa up 2-1
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It's 1-1


Rafa depending on Mayer for the mistakes but the Argentine refuses to miss
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And Rafa holds!

We are into a tiebreak!

Can Rafa finish it off here?
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Killer forehand from Rafa finds the target down the line again!

3 game points 
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And Mayer continues to shine!


Service hold for 6-5
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BREAK!

What a backhand return from the Argentine!

5-5
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And Rafa overhits his forehand!


2nd break point
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Rafa saves it with a brilliant serve!
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Excellent from Mayer as he finds a brutal crosscourt forehand from the middle of the court.

Break point
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Mayer is playing fast and returning early.

Leads 30-15 on the Nadal serve
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Rafa finally got his breakthrough and will now serve for the match!

5-4
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And it continues to be totally even.


4-4
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Mayer ran from side to side and overhit his single handed backhand to let Rafa win the service game.


Even Stevens!

3-3
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And Rafa responds brilliantly with his trademark down the line forehand!
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Would you believe it?

An inspired Mayer has now amped up his game. With a forehand down the line, he has now earned a break point!
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